Two business in Victoria were fined approximately 35,000 following an incident involving an unguarded machine that left a contractor with a crushed thumb.These prosecutions emerged just as WorkSafe Victoria begins a year-long campaign against dangerous machines in the workplace.
WorkSafe’s Regional Director Shane Gillard strongly desires for businesses to regularly revisit safety measures around machinery. He noted that removing guarding from a machine (as happened in the above incident) is a potentially disastrous scenario.
“Guarding is there to protect workers from being seriously hurt or killed, yet we frequently come across incidents where someone has suffered a serious injury that could easily be prevented,” he said.
In order to protect workers, employers need to ensure that appropriate machine safety apparatus is provided. WorkSafe recommends that employees who manage,maintain or own machinery should ensure that ”
- all moving parts that can touch with any part of the body, deliberately or otherwise, are protected by a physical barrier or guard
- all staff, especially those with little experience with machinery, are properly trained and consistently supervised; and
- machinery usage follows manufacturer as recommended by the